Do you think boxing should be privatized? Minister
Stofile made it clear during his speech at the annual
boxing awards that he was not happy with the current
state of boxing. The then CEO of Boxing South
Africa Mr Bongani Khumalo resigned from is post
claiming irreparable differences with the commission
members. Having said the boxing still continues to
command good support.
The Minister has subsequently setup a two-man
fact finding commission to investigate the sport. As
some might think, this is detrimental to the sport,
others welcome change. However, what change is
needed other than financial backing?
Boxing South Africa is a non-profitable organization. The purpose is to administrate the sport according to the Boxing Act and at the same time to be a self-sufficient organization. This should not be difficult providing that the capital injection BSA receives from Government is adequate and that the funds are not misused, end of story. Dr Peter Ngatane is the most experienced administrator for the job anyway.
The recent Golden Gloves “Triple Thunder” show
at Emperors Palace confirms that the sport is firmly
in the hands of the boxers and the promoters. The
biggest gate in over 10 years was achieved on 11
July 2009. The tournament captured the interest of
the fans filling the Centre Court at Emperors Palace
to capacity. Two weeks later “ Fists of Fury” (Box
and Dine) promoted by African Ring in conjunction
with Golden Gloves again filled the Theatre of Marcellus
at Emperors Palace to capacity. Prices were
not cheap. “Triple Thunder” prices ranged from
R150/R250. “Fist of Fury” prices ranged from R300/R400. The demand is there. Promote a respectable show and the fans will come.
The accolades keep coming in for Brian Mitchell.
The award winning Legend is once again in line for
a prestige world acclaimed award. This year alone
the two most recognized awards in the world - International
Boxing Hall of Fame (June) and the
World Boxing Hall of Fame (August) have awarded this great warrior boxing biggest price. Well done Brian Mitchell.
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